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Relating to the creation of a nonresident brewer and nonresident
manufacturer agent permit; authorizing a fee.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 3222 would create nonresident brewer and nonresident manufacturer agent permits, to be applied for by current holders of a nonresident sellers permit. The permit would allow permit holders to represent nonresident brewers or nonresident manufacturers located outside the United States, would allow them to perform any activity that the nonresident brewer or nonresident manufacturer could perform in the state, including for any permit, license, or other approval required by the agency on behalf of the nonresident brewer or nonresident manufacturer. The annual fee for the permit would be $2,500.
Texas Action supports HB 3222 for promoting the principles of limited government and free markets. While we are opposed to the general idea of required brewer and manufacturer permits, this bill would grant foreign businesses additional flexibility and latitude in conducting their operations in the state, and as such we are able to recommend supporting the bill.